Welcome to SportsAid Scotland
SportsAid Scotland changed its name from Scottish Sports Aid at the start of 2014. It is a charity that provides financial assistance in the form of grant awards to talented sporting youngsters in the 12 to 22 year age range and to disability athletes to age 45 who are already competing at national level in their age group and have the potential to represent Scotland at senior level. The finance given is to help the athletes with their travel and training costs, and will hopefully assist them in becoming Scotland's future sporting stars.
If you are an athlete and wish to know more about how to apply for a SportsAid Scotland grant, then please refer to our nomination process.
Should you wish to make a donation, please either contact us directly to discuss or visit donations on the left-hand side of page.
Smith And Darling Scoop Top Awards
World junior taekwondo champion Jordyn Smith was named SportsAid Scotland's young Sportsperson of the Year for 2018 after a fantastic year. The Falkirk athlete, now based full-time in Manchester, not only struck world junior gold but also won a bronze medal at her first senior European Championships in Russia and medalled at the Belgrade and French Open events.
Golfer Hannah Darling, who won the inaugural R&A Girls' Under-16 Open and saw her world ranking rise from 2,088 to 140 in 2018, won the Miquel Trophy for the most improved young athlete over the past 12 months.
The awards were made at a ceremony at the Investec offices in Edinburgh which also saw shooter David McMath, diver Lucas Thomson and windsurfer Islay Watson receive award cheques.
Unfortunately, Jordyn could not attend the event as she was travelling to China with the GB team but the trophy was accepted on her behalf by younger sister Teigan.
Ronnie Receives Award
SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan has been presented with his MBE for outstanding services to sport and charity at a ceremony at Edinburgh City Chambers.
Ronnie, who was recognised for his tireless charity fundraising and voluntary contribution to SportsAid Scotland in the Queen's Birthday Honours List earlier this year, received his award from Edinburgh's Right Honourable Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost Frank Ross.
SSAT Merit Award Winners 2018
Big congratulations to our five merit award winners for 2018 - Hannah Darling (Golf), David McMath (Shooting), Jordyn Smith (Taekwondo), Lucas Thomson (Diving) and Islay Watson (Windsurfing).
Once again it was a hugely difficult operation sifting through the many talented nominations from different sports as young Scots again excelled on the sporting stage throughout the year.
The award winners include three world junior gold medallists, a Commonwealth Games champion and a player who has risen almost 2,000 places on the world rankings.
Our SSAT Trophy and Miquel Trophy winners will be selected from the five winners and named at a reception in Edinburgh in early December.
Twin Peaks for Lynn and Peter
Hill-runner Lynn McKenna and orienteer Peter Molloy have shared the inaugural Seven Hills of Edinburgh Award for 2018.
Lynn and Peter were chosen from a short-list of five athletes and will share the £500 award, to be used towards training and competition expenses.
SportsAid Scotland have secured a four-year deal with the organisers of the iconic race, which has been held in the capital since 1980. SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan first ran in the event in 1983.
"We are hugely grateful to Alan Lawson, organiser of the Seven Hills of Edinburgh Race, who came up with the idea of an annual award to assist a young runner to achieve their potential," said Roddy Mackenzie, chief executive of SportsAid Scotland, "I'd like to congratulate Lynn and Peter on sharing the initial award."
Royal Approval for Ronnie
SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to sport and charity in Scotland. Ronnie has raised significant amounts for charity over the years, completing 35 marathons around the world in his tartan Superman cape and finishing 25 Seven Hills of Edinburgh races.
He has guided the charity tirelessly in recent years and ensured it has thrived as it continues to support Scotland's talented young athletes and para-athletes.
Rusty Nails Prove Sharpest
The Rusty Nails claimed the silverware at the 2018 SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic at Ratho Park in the tightest of finishes.
The Edinburgh team finished with a total of 115 stableford points to edge out The Grapes of Ratho by just one point and ahead of third placed Bain & Irvine (113pts). Bain & Irvine took third on a better inward half from A Team, who also had 113 points. Holders Scottish Golf were just a point further adrift.
It proved another hugely successful day, raising over £5,000 for the charity.
Our thanks to all of our supporters who provided auction and raffle prizes, including The Open, Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, Shot Scope, Fairmont St Andrews and Gleneagles Hotel.
Haul Of Fame
Congratulations to Team Scotland at Gold Coast 2018, bringing home a record 44 medals. A total of 29 medals were won by current or former SportsAid Scotland athletes, a magnificent achievement.
That includes Marc Austin, who won the first medal in triathlon, through to our final medallist Robbie Simpson in the marathon. Callum Hawkins, who was leading the marathon, was also one of ours and thankfully, he is making a good recovery.
Our gold medallists were Duncan Scott (who won a total of six medals), Grace Reid, Katie Archibald, Mark Stewart and David McMath and shooter Seonaid McIntosh was a double bronze medallist.
Also, some of the Scotland basketball team, who narrowly missed out on the bronze, will have received funding in the past through our team awards.
SportsAid Scotland medallists: Grace Reid (gold), Duncan Scott (gold, silver, bronze (4)), Katie Archibald (gold), Mark Stewart (gold), David McMath (gold), Ross Murdoch (silver), Mark Szaranek (silver), Eilidh Doyle (silver), Maria Lyle (silver), Jack Carlin (silver), James Heatly (bronze), Stephen Milne (bronze), Jack Thorpe (bronze), Dan Wallace (bronze), Mark Dry (bronze), Robbie Simpson (bronze), Jake Wightman (bronze), Kirsty Gilmour (bronze), Callum Skinner (bronze), Kelvin Cham (bronze), David Weir (bronze), Seonaid McIntosh (bronze (2)), Marc Austin (bronze).
Going for Gold Coast
Team Scotland gears up for the Commonwealth Games, fuelled by SportsAid Scotland.
Almost two-thirds of the Scotland team are current or former bursary award winners, a total of 84 of the 134 individual athletes.
A high percentage of the athletes who will compete in the team events in basketball, beach volleyball, hockey and netball will also have benefitted in the past through team bursaries.
Of the Scottish athletes in Australia, 18 are current award recipients, all but one of those having received funding through The Robertson Trust.
Para Swimmer Beth Johnston, from Galashiels, was supported through the David Stevenson Trust.
2018 SportsAid Scotland Bursary Award winners at the Commonwealth Games: Victoria Glover (Boxing); Isla Short (Cycling); Gemma McArthur (Diving); Lucas Thomson (Diving); Kelvin Cham (Gymnastics); Robert Barr (Para Bowls); Garry Brown (Para Bowls); Irene Edgar (Para Bowls); Sarah Ewing (Para Bowls); Michael Nicoll (Para Bowls); Michael Simpson (Para Bowls); David Thomas (Para Bowls); Beth Johson (Para Swimming) Toni Shaw (Para Swimming); Aedan Evans (Shooting); David McMath (Shooting); Alison Thomson (Squash); Ross Connolly (Wrestling).
GOLF DAY 2018
There are still a few places left for our annual SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic at Ratho Park, Edinburgh, on Friday, May 11.
At just £350 for a team of four (including breakfast, lunch, raffle and auction), it is outstanding value. Plenty of prizes and chance to bid for hospitality at The Open in Carnoustie amongst other things. Further details and entry form from firstname.lastname@example.org.
SportsAid Scotland is pleased to announce that bursary cheques for 2018 have now been distributed.
A total of 232 athletes across 33 sports from archery to wrestling have received awards, including a number who are part of Scotland's Commonwealth Games team heading for Australia.
"We are pleased to be able to support so many young athletes across the sports and give them a sporting chance to reach their potential," said chief executive Roddy Mackenzie.
"We are once again indebted to The Robertson Trust - and also to the David Stevenson Trust - who have backed us all the way and enabled some of our most talented athletes to develop to the next level.
"It is all about opening doors for young athletes and, while we can offer some financial support, it is up to them to put in the work and go on to achieve in their chosen sport.
"We know from the feedback that we get from athletes how much the bursaries are appreciated."
Korea Highlight For SportsAid Athletes
Almost a third of the Scotland contingent in the Great Britain team for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have been funded through SportsAid Scotland.
Six of the 19 Scots in the team have received bursaries through the charity with full backing from The Robertson Trust.
Cross-country skiers Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young and Callum Smith have all received funding along with Charlie Guest and Alex Tilley in the women's slalom, both competing at their first Winter Olympics. Murray Buchan, who will compete in the men's halfpipe, is also a SportsAid Scotland alumni.
Guest, 24, from Balbeggie in Perthshire, has always appreciated the support which she has described as "vital for my progression towards becoming a professional athlete."
Roddy Mackenzie, chief executive of SportsAid Scotland, stated: "It's fantastic to see so many of our alumni realising their potential and getting to an Olympic Games.
"We have watched their progress closely as they have developed into world-class athletes and we are grateful to The Robertson Trust for their support and for backing the dreams of so many young athletes across a lot of sports."
Aedan and Toni Scoop 2017 Awards
Shooter Aedan Evans won the SportsAid Scotland Junior Sportsperson of the Year, the first person from his sport to win the award.
Evans, recently named in Scotland's Gold Coast team for the Commonwealth Games, had an outstanding year and equalled the world senior record in the air pistol at the English Open.
Paraswimmer Toni Shaw, 14, won the Miquel Trophy after a memorable year which saw her placed in the top ten in the world in six events in her category. Professor Raymond Miquel, SSAT founder, presented her with the trophy at a ceremony in Edinburgh.
Charlie Aldridge (Mountainbike) and Erin Wallace (Athletics) also received cheques at the event after outstanding seasons and Scotland national coach and British Davis Cup player Colin Fleming accepted Aidan McHugh's (Tennis) award on his behalf. Aidan could not attend as he was competing in Florida.
Many thanks to Investec for hosting the event.
2017 Merit Awards
Huge congratulations to our five Merit Award winners for 2017 after another tough decision process. Competition for this year's awards was exceptionally strong but, after much debate, we can reveal our five winners are:
Charlie Aldridge (Mountainbike)
Aedan Evans (Shooting)
Aidan McHugh (Tennis)
Toni Shaw (Paraswimming)
Erin Wallace (Athletics)
Our Junior Sportsperson of the Year and Miquel Trophy winner will be announced at our awards' ceremony in Edinburgh on December 5. Watch this space!
SportsAid Week 2017 - 25 September to 1 October
SportsAid Week is a fundraising drive designed to support the next generation of athletes striving to represent Team GB and ParalympicsGB at future Olympic and Paralympic Games.
All the money raised through SportsAid Scotland assists young sports stars with training and competition costs, including equipment, accommodation and transport, during the critical early stages of their careers.
The money you raise during SportsAid Week will support athletes in many different ways - no matter how big or small the amount. They don't just feel the impact of SportsAid Scotland's backing financially - they also see the award as a motivational boost and a recognition of their talent as they look to progress further in their careers.
£5 will help on of Scotland's best young athletes get to their next training session
£10 will help a disabled footballer purchase new shinpads
£25 will help a young gymnast pay for a pair of wrist supports
£50 will help a young kayaker replace a damaged helmet
£100 will help a young athlete visit a physio for rehab from an injury
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Sponsored runs, bike rides, swims, triathlons and walks
Fancy dress days
The #MyMiles Challenge is new to SportsAid Week - a social media campaign asking fundraisers to undertake physical activity, covering a distance of their choice.
#MyMiles is accessible to everyone - you can do a single mile or as many as 40 - the distance a SportsAid Scotland athlete clocks up each week in training!
Here's a step-by-step guide to the challenge:
Physically cover a distance of your choice (one mile minimum) through any form of exercise (run, walk, cycle, row, swim etc etc).
Post a video or photo upon completion of the #MyMiles Challenge - remember to tell us the distance you've covered.
Don't forget to nominate a friend, family member of colleague to continue the chain.
Make sure to tag SportsAid Scotland on Twitter https://twitter.com/SportsAidScot
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Scott's Medal Haul
Perth swimmer Scott McLay bagged a remarkable five medals - including three golds - at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.
It makes him Scotland's most successful Youth Commonwealth Games athlete in history.
His medal tally during the four days of intense competition was:
Gold - Boys 50m Butterfly
Gold - Boys 100m Freestyle
Gold - Boys 50m Freestyle
Silver - Boys 100m Backstroke
Bronze - Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
McLay is backed by Perth Kinnoull Rotary Club, who presented him with a sponsorship cheque for £500 in partnership with SportsAid Scotland in March.
Rotary Rallies Round to back Shiona
Lanark swimmer Shiona McClafferty has been given a funding lift ahead of the Deaflympics in Turkey after the Rotary Club of Lanark awarded her a £1,000 cheque in partnership with SportsAid Scotland.
Shiona heads to her first major international competition as part of the Great Britain team after winning six medals, including three gold, at the British Championships in Loughborough in April.
The 17 year-old holds a number of British age-group bests in the breaststroke and is tipped for great things in her sport.
The Rotary Club of Lanark raised funds through a sports dinner and auction last October and chose SportsAid Scotland as their main beneficiary.
Ronnie Races to 175th Summit
SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan has completed a remarkable 25th Seven Hills of Edinburgh Race, joining a select band of athletes.
The punishing course which covers Castle Hill, Corstorphine Hill, Craiglockhart Hill, Braid Hills, Blackford Hill, Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill, provides a real test of stamina and, on one of Scotland's hottest days of the year, was even tougher.
Injury prevented Ronnie reaching the landmark in 2016 but there was no holding him back in 2017. Chief executive Roddy Mackenzie also completed the course (now 23 short of Ronnie's total) but there is no photographic evidence!
SportsAid Scotland athletes Bahamas Bound
More than a quarter of the Scots named for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas, on July 18-23 have been supported through SportsAid Scotland.
Eleven athletes across five of the seven sports where Scotland will be represented have received bursaries through our funding programmes.
Athletes Calum Henderson, Alessandro Schenini, Erin Wallace and Adam Scott are included along with swimmers Tom Beeley, Anna Fleming and Scott McLay, boxers Megan Gordon and Tyler Jolly, cyclist Stephen Dent and tennis player Alexandra Hunter.
Scottish Golf To The Fore
Scottish Golf came out top at the SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic at Ratho Park, edging Scottish Swimming into second place in the stableford competition. The team of Callum Grant, Liam Allan, Andrew Travers and Adam Phillips finished with 122 points to take the coveted Peebles Cup.
Sports Warehouse finished third with Team ABI, the defending champions, fourth.
It proved a hugely successful day with the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open trophy on display, thanks to Robert Gordon from the European Tour, who was part of the Sports Warehouse Team.
Thanks to Ratho Park for staging and to all who supported the event and provided prizes including the Scottish Open, Gleneagles, Badminton Scotland, Shot Scope, Sports Warehouse, Bain & Irvine, Raymond Miquel, Ed Hodge and Cardrona Hotel Golf.
All Going Swimmingly For Scott
Perth swimmer Scott McLay has been given a funding boost by the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull as he seeks to make waves in 2017.
McLay was awarded a £500 cheque towards training and competition costs by the rotary, in partnership with SportsAid Scotland.
Scott has his sights set on the European and World Junior Championships this year as well as hoping to make the Scotland team for the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Robertson Trust Fuels Performance
Over 200 athletes across 29 sports will benefit from The Robertson Trust bursaries, awarded through SportsAid Scotland, in 2017, many dreaming to be on Olympic podiums in future. At a time when there is a squeeze on funding across many sports, the support from The Robertson Trust is seen as invaluable to the future wellbeing of Scottish sport. At last year’s Rio Olympics and Paralympics, many of the Scottish athletes who competed were set on the pathway by support from The Robertson Trust and SportsAid Scotland. Bursaries in 2017 – awarded to 202 athletes – range from £300 to £1,000 and are provided for training, coaching and competition expenses. “Once again we are indebted to our major funding partner, The Robertson Trust,” said Roddy Mackenzie, SportsAid Scotland chief executive, “Their funding not only fuels the dreams of tomorrow’s sports stars but enables athletes to be all they can be. The feedback we get from our young athletes is that these bursaries offer hope and opportunity and many say that, without them, their competitive programme would have to be scaled back. It is fantastic that so many athletes across so many sports will benefit this year and we look forward to them reaching new personal bests in their chosen sports in 2017.”
Robertson Trust Awards 2017: Archery: Robyn Geddes, Harrison Ooi, Joe Seez, Matthew Wong, Brad Stewart; Athletics: Howard Bell, Adam Boyle, Emma Canning, Zoey Clark, Scott Connal, Ewan Dyer, Euan Gillham, Jack Lawrie, Holly McArthur, Joel McFarlane, Emily Nicholson, Andrew Peck, Emma Rae, Alisha Rees, Adam Scott, Annabel Simpson, Laura Stark, Lewis Clow, Sean Frame; Badminton: Chris Grimley, Matthew Grimley, Lauren Middleton, Robbie Patterson, Ciar Pringle, Ciara Torrance, Tony Woods, Alan Oliver, Colin Leslie, Fiona Christie; Biathlon: Holly Rees-Lay; Boccia: Reegan Stevenson; Boxing: Megan Gordon, Sam Hickey; Canoeing: Emma Brockway, Lydia Dowling-Clark, Duncan Edwards, Ben Gallacher, Angus Gibson, Isla Kelly, Rachael Kneen; Climbing: William Bosi, Daniel Smith; Cycling: Charlie Aldridge, Andy Brown, Thomas Chandler, Lauryn Dawber, Stephen Dent, Jamie Edmondson, Lucy Grant, Fraser Martin, Grant Martin, Cameron Mason, Anna McGorrum, Ellie Park, Iain Paton, Struan Pryde, Tim Shoreman, Isla Short, Andrew Louis, Fraser Kane, Laura Cluxton; Equestrian: Atholl Pettinger; Fencing: Jessica Corby, Kate Daykin, Chloe Dickson, Sarah-Jane Hampson, Katie Smith; Golf: Kirsty Brodie, Jack Broun, Louise Duncan, Jillian Farrell, Darren Howie, Lewis Irvine, Sam Locke, Hazel MacGarvie, Jasmine Mackintosh, Eric McIntosh, Shannon McWilliam, John Patterson, Jennifer Rankine, Molly Richmond, Jamie Stewart, Marc Watt, Connor Wilson; Gymnastics: Shannon Archer, Kelvin Cham, Pavel Karnejenko, Cara Kennedy, Izzy Tolometti, David Weir; Ice-Skating: Ruaridh Fisher, Lewis Gibson, Danielle Harrison, Natasha McKay; Judo: Cailin Calder, Yasmin Gordon, Del Imrie, Aiden Moffat, Josie Steele, Malin Wilson; Orienteering: Freddie Carcas, Jake Chapman, Grace Molloy, Finlay Todd; Rowing: Chris Broad, Dale Flockhart, Fergus Mainland, Alexander Milne, Graham Ord, Robert Powell; Sailing: Jamie Calder, Rebecca Coles, Niamh Harper, Isaac Lines, Gillies Munro, Jude Nicol, Lewis Smith, Anna Sturrock; Shooting: Aedan Evans, Katie Knowles, David McMath; Snowsport: Harris Booth, Finn Bremner, Cara Brown, Duncan Gibb, Charlotte Guest, Iain Innes, Chris McCormick, Matt McCormick, Brodie Murray, Fergus Newman, Oliver Newman, Cal Sandieson, Ella Still, Ciaran Tucker, Owen Vinter, Zak Vinter; Squash: Georgia Adderley, Katriona Allen, Claire Gadsby, Richard Hollins, Fraser McCann, Chris Murphy, Patrick O'Sullivan, Alasdair Prott, Martin Ross, Rory Stewart, Orla Young; Swimming: Ryan Brown, George Clough, Anna Fleming, Archie Goodburn, Mhairi Goodwin, Kara Hanlton, Emily Jones, Gulsum Onal, Karen Reid, Katie Robertson, Lucas Thomson, Rosie Bancroft, Oliver Carter, Toni Shaw; Table Tennis: Dylan Curry, Martin Johnson, Faye Leggett, Rebecca Plaistow; Taekwondo: Hassan Haider, Neve Hogg, Chloe McIntosh, Erin Shaw, Jordyn Smith, Natasha Wilson; Tennis: Ali Collins, Jacob Fearnley, Ruairi Logan, Ewen Lumsden, Aidan McHugh, Charlie Miller, Erin Russell, Conor Thomson; Triathlon: Guy Evans-Haggerty, Kate Gallagher, Sophia Green, Josh Hendry; Waterskiing: Marisa Alongi, Samuel Hunter, Georgina Hutchison; Weightlifting: Charley Craig, Alex Richardson, Daniel Richardson; Wheelchair basketball: Morwenna Hastings, David Ion; Wrestling: Ellis Barton, Ross Connelly, Brandon English, Abbie Fountain, Amy Keyes.
Healthy Living Strategy
Scottish Conservative Health Education spokesman and former GB athlete Brian Whittle has outlined his party's Healthy Living Strategy, underlining the
big part sport plays in the health of the nation.
The consultation paper namechecks SportsAid Scotland and urges much greater central investment in sport.
"There are those of course who cannot access the higher echelons of sport purely for financial reasons," it outlines.
"Organisations like SportsAid Scotland are set up to give out grants for such young sports men and women to ensure that they do not miss out because of their circumstance.
"According to SportsAid Scotland, they are funded purely by donations whereas SportsAid England is government supported and has the capability of many more interventions of this nature.
"The Scottish Government must ensure that all elite Scottish sport is properly funded with the support network surrounding performance embedded."
The paper goes on to state: "It is the responsibility of government to create an environment where opportunity exists for everyone, irrespective of background or personal circumstance.
"Furthermore, it must ensure that all are aware of these opportunities and have the knowledge, confidence, capability and aspiration to make these choices."
Ronnie's Grand Effort
Our remarkable chairman Ronnie Sloan has completed the 100-Mile Challenge by running the Water of Leith half-marathon and raising over £1,400 for the charity. An amazing achievement!
Time is running out to complete the challenge before the end of the year but those who have logged 100 miles in 2016 include Simon Woodward, who cycled 100 miles, Sophie and Rebecca Ogilvie, who managed it in their canoes, Sheila Williamson and Mike Cadman, who scaled the heights, 87 year-old Cameron Mackenzie, who walked the distance and raised over £1,000, and Marino Mega, who completed over 100 miles playing football!
Silver Service For Cameron and Georgia
Athlete Cameron Tindle and squash player Georgia Adderley captured the silverware at the SportsAid Scotland 2016 Merit Awards night in Edinburgh.
Cameron, who reached the World Junior Championship 200m final earlier this year, won the Young Athlete of the Year and Georgia, ranked number two in Europe at Under-17 level, won the Miquel Trophy for best developing talent.
SportsAid Scotland founder Professor Raymond Miquel CBE was in attendance to present Georgia with her trophy.
Three other athletes also received awards on the night - Stephen Clegg (swimming), who competed in the Paralympics in Rio, Sophie Ogilvie (canoe slalom), who reached the finals of both the European and World Junior Championships, and Alex Rankin (rowing), who narrowly missed out on a medal at the World Junior Championships.
GB canoe girls complete 100-Mile Challenge
Twin sisters Sophie and Rebecca Ogilvie have completed the 100-Mile Challenge to boost SportsAid Scotland funds - by canoe.
It was fitting that they put in their final miles in a weekend of paddling in Scotland, on the River Devon at Alva and River Tay at Grandtully, after months of action-packed travel. Over the
months of their challenge they have clocked up miles across Europe and the UK.
Rebecca was out volunteering for her club coaching youngsters in St Pierre & Bourg St Maurice, France and Sophie was in Krakow and Solkan in Slovenia putting the miles in while competing for GB in the Junior World and European Championships.
They both paddled in Bratislava on the River Danube in October. In the UK they have travelled as far as Bala in North Wales, Nottingham, London and closer to home on the canal at Bonnybridge and Pinkston in Glasgow, paddling towards their goal of 100 miles.
There's still time to complete the challenge by December 31, 2016. Follow the link for details: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/scottishsportsaid/challenge100
Firhill For Thrills
The Robertson Trust, SportsAid Scotland's principal sponsor, hosted the bi-annual Sports Lunch at Firhill Stadium in Glasgow which was attended by some of Scotland's most talented young athletes, who received bursary awards in 2016.
Rio 2016 Olympians Jen McIntosh (shooting) and Derek Hawkins (athletics) gave candid and inspiring talks about what it takes to be an Olympic athlete and passed on advice for those aspiring to follow in their footsteps.
Both gave fascinating insights into sport at the highest level and what it takes to compete alongside the best in the world.
The Robertson Trust has donated over £1 million to SportsAid Scotland since 1997, with 159 young sportsmen and women across 31 sports benefitting from the bursaries, including 12 awards to disability sport athletes, in 2016.
"We greatly appreciate the invaluable support from The Robertson Trust which enables us to support the most talented athletes in Scotland. It is a valued partnership that has thrived in recent years and long may it continue," said Roddy Mackenzie, chief executive of SportsAid Scotland.
"For the vast majority of the young athletes, the bursary they receive is the first recognition of their talent outwith their family and immediate support team and gives them the opportunity to reach their potential."
Scots Make Rio Grand
SportsAid Scotland athletes were well represented in Team GB at the Rio Paralympics.
Eighty per cent of the Scots involved in Brazil were supported by the charity in recent years - with the help of our current sponsors The Robertson Trust, The Moffat Trust, The David Stevenson Trust and SSE and previous supporters Asda and Bank of Scotland.
The number included Dunbar athlete Maria Lyle, our Junior Sportsperson of the Year in 2014, who is pictured below receiving her award from SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan.
Over 70 per cent of the Scots involved in the highly successful Team GB at the Olympics in Rio received support through SportsAid Scotland in the past and it shows the investment is paying off in spectacular fashion.
Scottish athletes supported through SportsAid Scotland at 2016 Paralympics in Rio: Archery: Nathan Macqueen; Athletics: Derek Rae, Maria Lyle, Samantha Kinghorn; Boccia: Jamie McCowan, Scott McCowan, Joshua Rowe, Kieran Steer, Patrick Wilson; Cycling: Hannah Dines, Neil Fachie, Craig MacLean; Football Sevens: Jonathan Paterson, David Porcher; Swimming: Stephen Clegg, Andrew Mullen, Scott Quin; Triathlon: Alison Patrick; Wheelchair Basketball: Robyn Love; Wheelchair Rugby: Mike Kerr; Wheelchair Tennis: Gordon Reid.
[Thanks to Scottish Disability Sport for supplying pics of Scott Quin and Nathan Macqueen.]
Boots 'n' Blisters
Hats (and boots!) off to Mike Cadman and Sheila Williamson who, after scaling the heights of Mount Toubkal in Morocco, walked the final 50 miles of the West Highland Way as part
of the 100-Mile Challenge.
SportsAid Scotland chief executive Roddy Mackenzie joined them on the final leg and ensured they arrived safely at Fort William.
There's plenty of time to get involved with the challenge - completing 100 miles by December 31 either by walking, running, cycling, skiing, or whatever way you fancy, and raise £100 for SportsAid Scotland. Scroll down for details.
It's the Rio Thing
Thirty-four of the 47 Scots taking part in the Games - 72.34 per cent - have received financial support and recognition through the charity and its funding partners.
Included in the list are marathon brothers Callum and Derek Hawkins - Callum was supported through main sponsors The Robertson Trust in 2015 and Derek by the Robertson Trust in 2011 and 2012.
In 2016, the charity awarded almost £200,000 to 250 athletes from 36 different sports thanks to generous backing from The Robertson Trust, The Moffat Trust, The David Stevenson Trust and SSE.
Among those supported in the past is Britain's greatest Olympian Sir Chris Hoy, who was given a grant of £100 to buy a BMX bike when he was a 12 year-old in Edinburgh.
"I am very grateful to SportsAid Scotland - the Scottish Sports Aid Trust - for giving me some initial funding towards my BMX racing when I was a 12 year old in Edinburgh. It may only have been £100 but it was a rubber stamp of approval and great to have their support," he acknowledged.
"Recognition as an athlete of promise is very important and gives young athletes the inspiration to pursue their sporting dreams and fulfil their potential. As a 12 year old bike rider, I had no idea what the future held for me but receiving a SportsAid grant at an early age was a real boost."
Scottish athletes supported through SportsAid Scotland at 2016 Olympic Games in Rio: Athletics: Chris Bennett, Andy Butchart, Eilidh Doyle, Mark Dry, Callum Hawkins, Derek Hawkins, Eilish McColgan, Chris O'Hare, Beth Potter, Lynsey Sharp, Stephanie Twell; Badminton: Kirsty Gilmour; Canoe Slalom: David Florence, Fiona Pennie; Cycling: Katie Archibald, Grant Ferguson, Callum Skinner; Diving: Grace Reid; Fencing: Richard Kruse; Golf: Catriona Matthew; Judo: Sally Conway; Rowing: Karen Bennett, Kath Grainger, Angus Groom, Heather Stanning; Sailing: Charlotte Dobson, Luke Patience; Shooting: Jennifer McIntosh; Swimming: Craig Benson, Camilla Hattersley, Stephen Milne, Ross Murdoch, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace.
100-Mile Challenge Scales New Heights
The only way is up for the 100-Mile Challenge. Mike Cadman and Sheila Williamson from Macclesfield have set the bar higher by climbing 4,165 metres to the top of Mount Toubkal in
Morocco as part of their challenge.
The pair, who have raised over £350, have reached 28 miles - most of them uphill - and the next part of their challenge takes them to the West Highland Way.
Can anyone top that? Take up the challenge and complete 100 miles by December 31 to support SportsAid Scotland.
Team Ashleybank Triumph
Andrew Stevenson's Team Ashleybank won the Peebles Cup at the SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic at a sunny Ratho Park by just two points from John Barry's Team ERM with a total stableford score of 120. Graham and Sibbald and Scottish Swimming, including Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson, both finished with 115 points but Graham and Sibbald took third place on a better inward half.
Jamieson showed he can turn his hand to golf by winning the longest drive competition and former British Stroke Play champion Clare Queen, in the Scottish Golf team, won the ladies' longest drive.
Challenge Is On
SportsAid Scotland's 100-Mile Challenge is gathering momentum. York's Simon Woodward got on his bike and rode 81
miles in rural Perthshire and has just 19 miles to go and Freuchie's Cameron Mackenzie reached 100 miles of walking - at the age of 86 - by completing seven miles in East Lothian. He has
also undertaken a mile of swimming and has raised a total of more than £800.00.
Denny sisters Sophie and Rebecca Ogilvie, British international canoeists, will take to the water to complete 100 miles and SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan has committted to the gruelling Seven Hills of Edinburgh Challenge in June as part of his challenge.
Sign up now for your own personal challenge (full details further down the page) and let us know what you are up to. Plenty of time left as challenge does not have to be completed until December 31, 2016.
Marathon Men Boosted by SportsAid Scotland
Brothers Derek and Callum Hawkins, both selected for the Olympic marathon in Rio, were given a helping hand by SportsAid
Both have received bursaries through the Robertson Trust to help their training a preparation - Derek in 2011 and 2012 and Callum in 2015.
Scots were the first three Britons home in the London Marathon - Shettleston's Tsegai Tewelde split the brothers to finish second British athlete - as 23 year-old Callum finished eighth in a new personal best of 2:10.52 to guarantee his seat on the flight to Rio and Derek, 26, finishing 14th overall and a personal best inside the qualifying time.
"The last couple of miles I was really hurting and just tried to hold on," Callum said, "I think I got a slight negative split. I didn't even run with a watch, I was just running.
"My brother had his own plan. We train together, live in the same house. I'm chuffed for him - to be in the top three, take a minute off his PB and. get selection as well.
“Everyone went off very quickly but I felt good so I kept at that pace. I’m delighted. Rio was my main goal in this race – I didn’t care about the time so I’m delighted with my position and I ran a PB.”
The GB Olympic team is fast filling up with Scots, the marathon men named after eight Scots were confirmed in the swimming team for Rio. Craig Benson, Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace and Camilla Hattersley have all been supported by SportsAid Scotland in the past.
Hattersley received her award through the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull, invaluable supporters of SportsAid Scotland, in 2012.
SportsAid Scotland 100-Mile Challenge 2016
We are looking for 100 participants of all ages to each raise £100.00 (or more!) in 2016 through going the extra mile for SportsAid Scotland. If we achieve our target, we will raise £10,000!
You will receive a technical t-shirt with your unique number (1-100) and, in Olympic year, the satisfaction of knowing you are helping future Olympians.
It is not as daunting as it sounds. It is up to you how tough or unique the challenge is, as long as 100 miles is covered.
You can run, walk, cycle, swim, row,canoe, ski, sail, golf, wheelchair - or a combination - and you have until December 31 to log the miles. It can be as little as two or three miles a week, whatever suits.
It can be done in races or in leisure time, over mountains, on roads, in the swimming pool or in open water - it is your challenge!
Register through JustGiving link https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/scottishsportsaid/challenge100
and then email us (email@example.com) for your unique t-shirt. Then, just log your miles through I-phone, garmin, fitness app or pen and paper (!).
Keep us updated on your progress on Twitter and Facebook and let us know when you reach your target.
We are proud to report the progress of one of our supporters who is going the extra mile. See link below.
Isla Receives Funding Boost
Slalom canoeist Isla Kelly received a cheque for £500 from the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull to help her achieve her aim of competing in the World Junior Championships in Poland and the European Junior Championships in Slovenia later this year.
Isla, a member of the GB junior team, received her cheque from Ian Baird, the president of the rotary club.
The club made the presentation through SportsAid Scotland and we are grateful for their continued support of local athletes.
Josh and Jordyn Take the Honours
Athlete Josh Kerr and taekwondo expert Jordyn Smith scooped the main prizes at the Merit Awards 2015 reception in Edinburgh.
Josh, the European Under-20 1500m champion, was named Junior Sportsperson of the Year with Jordyn, European cadet Under-33kg champion and world bronze medallist, winning the Miquel Trophy for best developing talent.
Tennis player Anna Brogan, junior Wimbledon doubles' semi-finalist, judoka Stuart McWatt, European Open senior bronze medallist, and wheelchair racer Shelby Watson, world ranked number one in her age-group, also received awards.
SSAT Award Winners 2015
The short-list for the 2015 Merit Award winners has been drawn up with the presentation of the Scottish Junior Sportsperson Of The Year and Miquel Trophy taking place at a reception in Edinburgh on December 1.
The winners will be chosen from a short-list of:
Josh Kerr (Athletics)
Shelby Watson (Athletics)
Stuart McWatt (Judo)
Jordyn Smith (Taekwondo)
Anna Brogan (Tennis)
Congratulations to all and thanks to all the National Governing Bodies for their nominations in what was a stiff selection process
SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic, 29 May 2015
Nineteen teams competed in this year's annual Charity Golf Classic, which was held at the Marriott Dalmahoy Golf and Country Club, situated just outside Edinburgh. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all the competitors, with the course being in fine condition, and the catering excellent.
The event was won by a new team RW Bell Electrical from Pitlochry, captained by scratch golfer, Stephen Carruthers. They have vowed to return next year to defend the Peebles Cup, awarded to the winning team.
Our thanks go to all the competing teams, and to the organisations who generously donated the many prizes on offer, on the day.
Nick Kuenssberg wins the silent auction of two 4-day passes to the Ryder Cup.
SportsAid Scotland would like to congratulate Nick Kuenssberg for his successful bid for the two 4-day Season Passes to this year’s Ryder Cup kindly donated to us by Ryder Cup Europe and the European PGA Tour.
We believe Nick and his guest had a great time at Gleneagles, supporting the victorious Ryder Cup Europe team.
Congratulations to Kyle Hewitt and Leah Wilson, who both successfully completed the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 28 September as a fundraiser for SportsAid Scotland.
Our thanks go to Kyle Hewitt and Leah Wilson who both ran this iconic event as a fundraiser for SportsAid Scotland. Their JustGiving pages are both still accepting donations, and we would encourage everyone to dig deep, in support of these runners.
Their JustGiving web-pages can be found at http://www.justgiving.com/KBH21
For more details of the event, see www.lochnessmarathon.com
SportsAid Scotland has supported 139 of the 310 athletes representing Scotland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games
SportsAid Scotland is delighted to announce that it has provided 233 awards totalling in excess of £200,000 to 139 of the 310 members of Team Scotland who represented Scotland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The 139 athletes who have been supported by SportsAid Scotland represent well over half of the 233 athletes who competed at the Games in individual sports, which is where SportsAid Scotland's support is targeted.
SportsAid Scotland is proud to have played such an important role in helping so many members of Team Scotland, and in the success of the Scottish team at the Commonwealth Games.
London 2012 to Glasgow 2014 : 710 days running for Ewen !
Ewen Logie, a 33-year old dad of two from Stewarton, Ayrshire, was so inspired by the London Olympics that he set himself the challenge of undertaking 710 days of sporting activity between the end of London 2012 and the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 in order to raise funds for us. He successfully completed his amazing challenge, which you can read all about at www.justgiving.com/ewenlogie
All funds raised by Ewen are supporting SportsAid Scotland, so please go to Ewen's JustGiving page, and give generously !
Ultimo and Hamilton Gymnastic Club create 'human bra' in George Square to support SportsAid Scotland during the Commonwealth Games
Hamilton Gymnastic Club created a human bra in Glasgow City Centre last week in conjunction with underwear brand Ultimo. Scottish businesswoman Michelle Mone, who owns and runs Ultimo, wanted to create the dramatic spectacle in George Square in celebration of the Commonwealth Games, and to promote her pledge to donate £1 from every bra sale to SportsAid Scotland during the Games.
Michelle said: “As one of Scotland’s biggest brands, we wanted to do something extraordinary to celebrate the Commonwealth Games and the amazing human endeavour that will be on display in our home town.”
Michelle is keen to support Scottish sport, which is why she is making a donation to SportsAid Scotland during the Commonwealth Games.
SportsAid Scotland is thrilled that Michelle Mone and her brand, Ultimo, have pledged this contribution to us. SportsAid Scotland has supported 139 of the 310 athletes representing Scotland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and it is exactly this type of support that makes it all possible.
Ronnie Sloan participates in the Queen's Baton Relay
Our Chairman, Ronnie Sloan, is very proud to have taken part in the Queen's Baton Relay. He ran his leg of the relay on Saturday 14 June at Leith Links in Edinburgh.
From the sublime to the ridiculous! - not content with his 200 yard stint in the Baton Relay, Ronnie also successfully undertook the 14.3 mile Seven Hills of Edinburgh
Challenge on Sunday 22 June. Please see https://www.justgiving.com/
SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic Friday 30 May 2014
Our annual Charity Golf Classic was held at the prestigious Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society in Edinburgh on Friday 30 May in glorious weather. The clubhouse provided its usual superb facilities, and the course was in excellent condition, in advance of hosting Regional Qualifying for The Open Championship.
16 teams took part, with each team consisting of four players. It was played as a stableford event, with the team prizes being decided by the aggregate of the team's 3 best stableford scores on each hole.
The winning team was entered by one of our long-time supporters, Ray Green. They triumphed by the narrowest of margins over the Sports Warehouse team who were seeking to win the event for the third time in succession. A further 3 shots behind, in third place, were one of several new teams to the event, Brooks Macdonald.
Ronnie Sloan, SportsAid Scotland's 70 year old Chairman ran the 2013 Loch Ness Marathon in support
of SportsAid Scotland
Ten years after running his last marathon, our Chairman, Ronnie Sloan completed the horribly hilly Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 29 September 2013 in 4hrs 45mins, only 7.5% over his 4hr 25min target. Our congratulations go out to Ronnie. There is still time to donate, in recognition of this fantastic achievement, through Ronnie's Just Giving web page. Please see www.justgiving.com/RonnieSloan70 for more details.
Ronnie has just recently been featured by Just Giving as their 'Fundraiser of the Moment'. See http://blog.justgiving.com/fundraiser-of-the-moment-ronnie-sloan/ for more details.
If you’d like to follow in Ronnie’s footsteps, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to receive a free charity entry for this year’s Loch Ness Marathon on 28 September 2014.
SportsAid Scotland Junior Sportsperson of the Year Award 2013
SportsAid Scotland congratulates Allan Smith, the 21 year old high jumper from South Queensferry, who was presented with the award of the Junior Sportsperson of the Year at the Commonwealth Games Dinner held in Glasgow on Saturday 9 November 2013. Allan has had a great season, setting two Scottish native high jump records within a fortnight, and receiving his first senior international cap at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. He won both the Scottish Universities and Scottish National Championships, and then he took the silver medal at the British Championships. He continued his progress outdoors by winning the Scottish National title, taking silver at the England Athletics U23 championships, and winning a fantastic bronze medal at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Finland with a new PB of 2.26m. His season came to a great climax when he was invited to compete in the Anniversary Games in London, as part of the IAAF Diamond League series, where he finished in 7th place. Allan has already been selected to compete for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year, and we will be cheering him on in his quest to win a medal for himself, and for Scotland.
The Miquel Trophy
William Bosi, the 14 year old sport rock climber from Edinburgh, was also honoured at the Commonwealth Games Dinner by being presented with the Miquel Trophy, awarded to the person selected as the most improved young sportsperson of 2013. William is a member of the GB Junior Lead and Bouldering Team, and he has twice finished runner-up this season in International (IFSC) Youth Cup Competitions, held in Edinburgh and in Norway. He also finished in 3rd place in the Bouldering discipline at the European Youth Cup in Laval, France. He finished the season in 2nd place overall in the European Youth Cup 2013, and is currently world ranked No.2 at the Lead Climbing discipline and 11th at Bouldering.
Allan and William were selected from the following five sports stars who were chosen as the SportsAid Scotland Merit Award Winners for 2013, due to their outstanding results during the year. The Merit Award winners were:-
Katie Archibald, track cyclist
William Bosi, sport rock climber
Andrew Mullen, paralympic swimmer
Allan Smith, high jumper
Kathryn Thomson, short track speed skater
SportsAid’s patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to shine a light on the achievements and potential of young athletes throughout the UK – inspiring a generation who one day hope to represent the nation at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. SportsAid alumnus Sir Chris Hoy welcomed the patronage by saying, “SportsAid played an important role when I was starting out so I know what a huge boost this will be to the young sportsmen and women the charity helps today. As patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will give them the profile they deserve.”
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